Jim Daggett is co-founder and executive director of the Insurance Technology Association and serves as publisher of ITA Pro
magazine. Periodically, he checks in with the ITA membership
through the magazine to inform them of the direction the ITA
plans to take and how ITA members can benefit from those
plans. This month, he answers questions about ITA LIVE, the
organization’s inaugural conference, which will be held in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida in April of 2015.
Why is the ITA hosting a live event?
DAGGETT: The sharing of knowledge and network opportunities are at the core of the ITA’s mission statement. Even with the
advancements in technology and social media, we strongly believe the most valuable connections are those made in person.
We call our event ITA LIVE and we believe there always will be
a place for live event gatherings and that personal relationships
will always supersede electronic connections.
Can you give some specifics on the dates and
location of the conference?
DAGGETT: The ITA LIVE Conference will be hosted at the
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa from
April 12 - 14, 2015. To get updates on session details, speakers, and special offers, you need to be a member of the ITA.
Membership is free and can be done through a visit to www.
itapro.org/mr. We are excited to host our inaugural event at this
venue; it is easy to get to and provides excellent amenities for an
outstanding business event.
What will make this event different and valu-
able for the insurance IT leaders who attend?
DAGGETT: ITA LIVE is structured much differently than
the typical trade show and conference. There will not be an
exhibit hall and there will be a limited number of sponsors at
this event. The objective is to have an event that is weighted
with more insurance attendees than technology companies.
There will be plenty of time to network and meet with the
sponsors and peers throughout the event. Our objective is
to craft a business event environment that is not harried and
much more conducive to learning and making meaningful
What are some of the sessions you have planned?
DAGGETT: We will cover topics and trends that span across
all lines of business including security, emerging technologies,
analytics, mobility, the
and more. We want to
provide our attendees
with real-world insights
and situations, ITA LIVE
attendees will be able to
gain knowledge from our
event that they cannot
get access to elsewhere.
For instance, the session
around security will involve knowledge sharing
around planned and
ethical security breach
attempts into the security
systems of 10 volunteer
carriers, whose identity
will remain anonymous.
How is this event part of the overall ITA mission
that you envisioned when you formed the ITA
DAGGETT: Part of the ITA mission is to provide our members
with opportunities to network and collaborate. What better way
to do this than at an annual gathering. We are keen on listening
to members of our industry on what they feel is valuable. All
of the session topics and even the structure of the agenda have
been approved by the ITA Advisory Board. If our board finds
value in what we are doing we are certain their peers also will
find value in our offerings.
What sort of progress has the ITA made in its
initial year of operation and what more can we
expect from the ITA?
DAGGETT: We want to raise awareness around the support
the ITA provides to the insurance technology community
and lay down a strong foundation of informational resources,
which we feel we have successfully completed with the launch
of ITA Pro Magazine, the ITA Pro Weekly e-newsletter, and
now the ITA LIVE Conference. On the horizon, we look to
deliver exclusive informational resources that can provide
insurers with tremendous value and help them to make bet-ter-informed decisions regarding the technology challenges
they face within their organization. ITA
The Next Step? ITA LIVE
Daggett announces plans for first live event next spring.
Inside the ITA